Tag: Proverbs 25-29
Scripture reading for July 12th: Proverbs 25-29
Solomon’s instructions to his sons included warnings about sexual temptation, alcohol addiction, and lots of sayings about laziness. God’s people are to be workers, using their talents and abilities diligently. When Jesus Christ picked his twelve disciples, they were all working a jobs and busy. Jesus, Himself, was always about His Father’s work and used time wisely for productive purposes.
“The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.” (Proverbs 26:13-15)
A sluggard is a lazy person who is always making excuses. Some excuses may make sense, but many are irrational justifications for not doing anything productive. The sluggard in Solomon’s example is worried about a fierce lion that could possibly attack him. He uses this as an excuse to stay in bed. Sleep is a way to pass time without having to face life and use talents and abilities. Solomon pictures this sluggard as one who grabs food out of a dish, but then is too lazy to eat it for nourishment. All he does is take up space and waste resources that could help another be a blessing. The sluggard is also wise in his own eyes, making correction of his ways impossible. (Proverbs 26:16) The sluggard goes hungry and his family suffers, too.
On the other hand, the wise person keeps close watch over their herds and flocks. They diligently care for them by harvesting hay to feed them and shearing their sheep for wool. The wool provides clothing for the family and God replenishes the hay and the wool. The flocks can be sold for money to buy land and your flocks and family will have plenty of food. (Pr0verbs 26:23-27) God works with those who will themselves work. He blesses their efforts and multiplies seed sown and efforts invested in honest labor.
Many in our land have become passive and will not work. Welfare has given them this option and their time is wasted. God has strong warnings in His word about laziness and passivity. Those who will not work should not eat! (2nd Thessalonians 3:10) Life is miserable for them and their families. God is glorified when we work! Check out your life today!
Scripture reading for July 11th: Proverbs 25-29
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.” Proverbs 25:11-12
Word pictures help us to grasp and remember sayings of the wise. These word pictures come back to us and we can meditate on them and begin to apply them and pray for God to work them into our lives. This is the process of the renewing of the mind. It involves us reading the sayings and then remembering them and saying them again and again. We allow them to come into our heart and bring understanding.
This proverb tells us of words that are spoken at just the right time and in the right tone. They are not many words but sometimes only a “word”. They are beautiful to look at as fine art and have a good ring in our ear. They bring to mind pictures that can reveal more to us than words. They are the “pleasant words that promote instruction”. (Proverbs 16:21)
The earring of gold or ornament of fine gold reminded the reader of what a “listening ear” might look like if it received correction from a wise man. It would be pleasant to look at and decorated beautifully with richness of fine gold. The wise man receives correction so that he can be wiser still. The fool rejects correction and has no earring of fine gold!
“Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.” Proverbs 25:19
This proverb uses a painful bad tooth or a lame foot that can’t support any weight because of the pain and brokenness to tell a story to those who will listen. An unfaithful man is just like that tooth that aches and causes discomfort. He is like the lame foot that is of no help moving forward or carrying a load. Faithfulness is a prized character trait of the wise and choosing faithful helpers, counselors and leaders is a wise move for everyone who has an ear to hear this word aptly spoken!
These chapters of proverbs contain many more of these pithy statements and word pictures that carry a picture and a message. Take some time and jot down several that speak to you. Share them with a spouse, friend or fellow-traveller in this journey through life. Your just may put a “gold earring or ornament of fine gold” in the listening ear!